In Johnston, Iowa Jonnie Wright stood by the side of the road on Christmas Eve. A few people stopped to help the apparent homeless man. But when they rolled down their window, he gave them an envelope. Inside was a letter explaining that he wasn’t homeless. And some money.
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Archives for December 2013
While the rest of the world says goodbye to a year, a family in Massachusetts said goodbye today to a son and husband, killed in Afghanistan.
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Take the tap test, the challenges of finding someone to take the Vikings’ job, from Antarctica with love, Idle No More v. Mall of America, and how violent is Chicago? About as violent as Minneapolis. Read more →
There’ve been a fair number of news stories lately about the concern over oil trains hauling crude out of North Dakota. This afternoon, the fears were confirmed when a BNSF oil train derailed and exploded near Casselton. We're hearing flames are approaching about 100 feet into the air in that #Casselton derailment pic.twitter.com/fH33THyv05 — Kyle Read more →
Why no kill-switch feature on cell phones to discourage thefts? The companies may soon have to answer to Congress. Read more →
If you’re not a big fan of snow, you probably don’t want to live downwind of Lake Superior. Sorry, Wisconsin. Read more →
Choosing a child to leave behind, where’s that climate change, Smartphones are the new Starter jackets, the St. Cloud teacher who believes in kids few believe in, and free hugs in Minneapolis. Read more →
Target hackers got PINs, Dayton says he’d sign a Sunday liquor sales bill, an appeal of the NSA ruling looms, mayoral candidate robbed of smartphone at MOA, the cabbie who found over $300,000 gets his reward, and if you can’t stab people over the color at a wedding, what can you stab them over? How about the location of the Big Dipper? Read more →
Key points on the NSA data collection ruling, which is likely headed for the Supreme Court. Read more →
Is it right that people took advantage of Delta’s mistake when it put flights on sale for as low as $5 yesterday? Read more →
The last gasp of jazz in Saint Paul, how to escape the community college trap, why Santa didn’t make it to St. Cloud this year, the coming crackdown on SSDI, and hockey from the ref’s point of view. Read more →
A lot of political pundits were burying the Republican Party after the government shutdown in October. A lot of political pundits were wrong, as they often are. A poll today shows Republicans holding a 49 percent to 44 percent edge over Democrats in the “generic ballot,” which asks registered voters whether they would choose a Read more →
If you were searching the Delta Airlines website today, maybe you were one of the lucky ones to get a flight for $5.
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